Date published: 12/12/2014
A state-of-the-art third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) was officially opened at Bedale Leisure Centre by Len Scott, Chairman of North Riding FA, recently. The project was made possible thanks to a £50,427 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
Hambleton District Council secured the funding for the project which comprised the refurbishment and upgrading of the previous sand-based AGP with a new 3G surface. The refurbished facility will be used extensively by Bedale High School, Bedale JFC and the local community.
Bedale JFC currently operates 13 teams and is reliant on the facilities at Bedale Leisure Centre for all of its training requirements. The refurbishment of the playing surface will enable the club to use the site for Mini-Soccer fixtures and the club has ambitions to expand to a total of 20 teams, with growth of the girls’ and disability sections forming a considerable part of that growth.
The club worked in partnership with the North Riding FA to secure a £50,427 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £510m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £719m – over £1.2bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 136 grants worth £8.2m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £16.2m across the whole of North Riding.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Cllr John Prest, Chairman, Hambleton District Council. “This grant has enabled Hambleton District Council to revamp the floodlit pitch at Bedale, creating a top class facility for the local community. It will improve sport at grassroots level – as well as links with the local clubs and schools. We are very grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund as without their contribution this would not have been possible.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “The Football Foundation is responsible for managing and delivering the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England. This refurbished 3G pitch is an example of the positive impact that this funding is having on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.
“Aided by the North Riding FA, Hambleton District Council deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality, using funding provided by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active.”
For more information contact:
• Fiona Wilson on 01677 427 272 or Fiona.Wilson@hambleton.gov.uk
• Bradley Cleveland on 0845 345 4555 Ext: 4282 or email@example.com